Just when you thought you could take a breather from holidays, a new year starts with a fresh batch of holidays. The good news is: these holidays are weird AND stress-free. Better yet, if you want to celebrate any and all, you can do it on Melrose. So let’s kick off 2018 with some wacky ways to celebrate the days.
With all the amazing denizens of Melrose, there’s no one way to enjoy life here. Excellent restaurants representing food from all over the world prepared by incredible chefs, bars that serve traditional favorites and progressive creations, world-class entertainment, butt-kicking fitness centers, and places to buy beautiful, wild, unique, handcrafted goodies off all kinds: that’s how Melrose celebrates life every month.
22 blocks from Highland to Fairfax
While you’re out there enjoying life this month, don’t forget to find some balance. Literally and figuratively, pilates is a great practice to get and keep your sh#t together. Claudia Martin’s studio is a great place to practice. It takes a lot of focus, technique, and consistency to rock a pilates practice, and the results include improved balance, muscle conditioning, and greater discipline.
CLAUDIA MARTIN STUDIO
7603 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
On a brisk winter day, a bowl of hot homemade soup is just what the doctor would order. And the doctor would prescribe a visit to Blu Jam for one of its delicious creations. The traditional hearty split pea and mushroom vegetable soups are offered every day. Both are vegan, gluten free, and thick with fresh garden vegetables and herbs.
7371 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90048
Can you drink an entire cup of coffee before your computer is fully booted? Is your iPhone a frustrating trainwreck of storage problems and crashing apps? DO YOU EVEN HAVE A BACK-UP?! Well, let January be your motivation to have a pleasing device experience by bringing your tech piece to Melrose MAC for a spa day. The experts here will return your lifeline looking and running smoothly.
6614 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
We make new year’s resolutions that focus on getting our bodies in shape. How many of us think about fit brains? Playing games, working puzzles, and challenging our gray matter can make us stronger in the head. Puzzle Zoo has some classic teasers like the best-selling Rubik’s Cube, cool puzzles like the 1000-piece tarot-themed from Ravensburger, and The Beetle Bug (Go ahead. Try to remove that handle.).
7553 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
So maybe this expands the traditional definition of “pharmacist” but hey, that’s what Melrose is about! And natural meds are still meds and someone has to dispense them. You want the best, most educated, and most thoughtful direction about your weed need, so KTown is the place to go. One of the OG licensed dispensaries, it carries an incredible selection of products and equipment in a safe, comfortable environment.
7382 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
If you’re on Melrose buying a bunch of cute clubwear or kicks or jeans and your dog is walking around naked, that’s not fair. And at least on this day, your pup deserves a little something special. And what’s sweeter than a doggie in an outfit? (Basically nothing.) Orange Bone has everything from statement tees to costumes, including accessories to let your dog’s special personality shine.
7574 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
You (and your head) are SO covered for Hat Day. Make a statement, finish an outfit, honor the past, or just keep your noggin warm. Whatever the purpose, there’s a hat for it, and a spectacular hat at that in Goorin Bros. Straw fedora, wool fedora (with a fabulous feather), linen duckbill, or a simple but impeccable cotton ball cap are just a few of the classic selections in the delightfully vintage-inspired store.
7627 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
What the world needs now is laughs, sweet laughs. Thankfully, Melrose is home to one of the funniest places on the planet, The Groundlings Theatre. One of L.A.’s longest-running improv shows, The Crazy Uncle Joe Show, is playing on Belly Laugh Day. But keep the guffaws going all week with main stage shows, topical one-offs, the Sunday shows, and the all-skate Cookin’ with Gas on Thursdays.
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Every month offers a new reason to celebrate the miracle of chocolate. This month is no exception, waiting until the end so we have time to work off the holiday chocolate. Paired with a wine from its incredible list, Vinoteque’s molten chocolate cake is the most delicious way to celebrate. That total chocolate indulgence is enhanced by fresh berries and vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!
7469 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046